To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 43-4WS, on Regional Development Agency (Board appointments), what political activity has been declared by each of the listed Board members.
The declared political activity of each of the 23 appointed board members named in the written statement of
Cllr Mike Whitby—was leader of the Conservative group on the Birmingham city council and since 2004 has been leader of Birmingham city council.
Shona Johnstone—during the past five years has been a Conservative county councillor and was leader of Cambridgeshire county council in 2007.
Cllr Madeline Russell—Conservative councillor for Biggleswade and since 2005 became leader of Bedfordshire county council.
Elizabeth Donnelly—member of the Co-operative party.
Jim Harker—Conservative member of Northamptonshire county council and has been its leader since 2005.
Lord Peter Smith—member of the Labour party and has been leader of Wigan council since 1991.
South East of England Development Agency
Jeremy Birch—Labour councillor and has been a member of the party for 30 years.
Keith Mitchell—Conservative councillor and leader of Oxfordshire county council since November 2001.
South West England Development Agency
Ian Ducat—member of the Labour party.
Bill Adams—member of the Labour party.